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Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

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  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

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Total Cost: $2,431,981.54



Senators:

BOXER, BARBARA
Total Cost: $75,183.57
Rank: 62 (out of 638)

FEINSTEIN, DIANNE
Total Cost: $583.75
Rank: 614 (out of 638)

Total spent on senators:
$75,767.32

Representatives:

MILLER, GEORGE
Total Cost: $152,699.34
Rank: 11 (out of 638)

DOOLEY, CALVIN M
Total Cost: $148,857.76
Rank: 12 (out of 638)

WATERS, MAXINE
Total Cost: $148,018.25
Rank: 15 (out of 638)

ROHRABACHER, DANA
Total Cost: $145,463.55
Rank: 17 (out of 638)

BERMAN, HOWARD L
Total Cost: $136,557.96
Rank: 20 (out of 638)

LEE, BARBARA
Total Cost: $110,803.56
Rank: 29 (out of 638)

WAXMAN, HENRY A
Total Cost: $107,860.94
Rank: 33 (out of 638)

LANTOS, TOM
Total Cost: $101,962.24
Rank: 35 (out of 638)

THOMAS, WILLIAM M
Total Cost: $80,566.15
Rank: 57 (out of 638)

THOMPSON, MIKE
Total Cost: $76,760.50
Rank: 61 (out of 638)

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T
Total Cost: $68,181.99
Rank: 77 (out of 638)

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD
Total Cost: $65,480.09
Rank: 80 (out of 638)

HERGER, WALLY
Total Cost: $64,251.58
Rank: 81 (out of 638)

SANCHEZ, LORETTA
Total Cost: $61,671.96
Rank: 87 (out of 638)

FARR, SAM
Total Cost: $58,720.61
Rank: 97 (out of 638)

WOOLSEY, LYNN C
Total Cost: $56,404.35
Rank: 109 (out of 638)

SANCHEZ, LINDA
Total Cost: $54,623.90
Rank: 114 (out of 638)

ESHOO, ANNA
Total Cost: $45,758.59
Rank: 139 (out of 638)

RADANOVICH, GEORGE
Total Cost: $45,626.56
Rank: 140 (out of 638)

STARK, PETE
Total Cost: $43,757.65
Rank: 147 (out of 638)

MATSUI, ROBERT
Total Cost: $37,055.00
Rank: 173 (out of 638)

CAPPS, LOIS G
Total Cost: $35,683.85
Rank: 182 (out of 638)

CARDOZA, DENNIS
Total Cost: $31,645.93
Rank: 204 (out of 638)

SCHIFF, ADAM
Total Cost: $31,223.42
Rank: 209 (out of 638)

MCKEON, HOWARD P
Total Cost: $30,819.34
Rank: 214 (out of 638)

DAVIS, SUSAN
Total Cost: $29,727.20
Rank: 222 (out of 638)

NAPOLITANO, GRACE
Total Cost: $28,991.06
Rank: 223 (out of 638)

TAUSCHER, ELLEN O
Total Cost: $27,786.80
Rank: 237 (out of 638)

HONDA, MIKE
Total Cost: $26,819.67
Rank: 244 (out of 638)

CUNNINGHAM, RANDY DUKE
Total Cost: $25,572.04
Rank: 254 (out of 638)

BECERRA, XAVIER
Total Cost: $25,067.60
Rank: 259 (out of 638)

DREIER, DAVID
Total Cost: $24,566.43
Rank: 263 (out of 638)

CALVERT, KEN MR
Total Cost: $22,916.19
Rank: 274 (out of 638)

MILLER, GARY
Total Cost: $22,566.00
Rank: 277 (out of 638)

POMBO, RICHARD
Total Cost: $20,534.81
Rank: 298 (out of 638)

COSTA, JIM
Total Cost: $20,307.42
Rank: 300 (out of 638)

SOLIS, HILDA
Total Cost: $18,468.54
Rank: 320 (out of 638)

LUNGREN, DANIEL E
Total Cost: $17,721.11
Rank: 329 (out of 638)

GALLEGLY, ELTON
Total Cost: $10,999.77
Rank: 417 (out of 638)

HARMAN, JANE
Total Cost: $10,837.63
Rank: 421 (out of 638)

DIXON, JULIAN C
Total Cost: $10,377.28
Rank: 425 (out of 638)

NUNES, DEVIN GERALD
Total Cost: $10,092.64
Rank: 433 (out of 638)

PELOSI, NANCY
Total Cost: $9,352.75
Rank: 438 (out of 638)

COX, CHRISTOPHER
Total Cost: $9,275.22
Rank: 440 (out of 638)

ROYBAL-ALLARD, LUCILLE
Total Cost: $8,346.59
Rank: 452 (out of 638)

FILNER, BOB
Total Cost: $7,701.55
Rank: 461 (out of 638)

OSE, DOUG
Total Cost: $7,239.00
Rank: 465 (out of 638)

LEWIS, JERRY
Total Cost: $5,694.87
Rank: 488 (out of 638)

ROYCE, ED
Total Cost: $4,301.68
Rank: 513 (out of 638)

ROGAN, JAMES E
Total Cost: $1,769.58
Rank: 574 (out of 638)

MILLENDER-MCDONALD, JUANITA
Total Cost: $1,769.44
Rank: 575 (out of 638)

BILBRAY, BRIAN PHILLIP
Total Cost: $1,753.00
Rank: 576 (out of 638)

LOFGREN, ZOE
Total Cost: $1,750.92
Rank: 577 (out of 638)

WATSON, DIANE E
Total Cost: $1,584.13
Rank: 580 (out of 638)

BACA, JOE
Total Cost: $859.00
Rank: 603 (out of 638)

HUNTER, DUNCAN
Total Cost: $448.00
Rank: 621 (out of 638)

SHERMAN, BRAD
Total Cost: $340.00
Rank: 626 (out of 638)

KUYKENDALL, STEVEN
Total Cost: $221.23
Rank: 631 (out of 638)

BONO, MARY
Total Cost:
Rank: 636 (out of 638)

Total spent on representatives:
$2,356,214.22

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.